Membership in the New Mexico Counseling Association is open to persons whose primary responsibilities or interests are in the counseling or human development field and who recognize that all people routinely need help and advisement as they experience the normal stages and transitions of life. Counselors and human development specialists help people of all ages, cultures, and physical capabilities reach their maximum potential in their personal lives, their education and their career.



***Notice: As of July 1, 2018 Professional Membership in NMCA will increase from $60/yr to $70/yr. Over the past few years NMCA has made investments to improve member benefits in several ways.These changes have resulted in a stronger  professional organization for all of us, yet there is much more to accomplish. The board’s decision to increase membership dues was driven by the desire, and need, to improve our member services, outreach and communication, and the effectiveness of our advocacy activities. Revenue generated from the dues increase will serve to create additional member benefits and to further strengthen NMCA and secure its future.

Over the past few years NMCA has added value to membership by investing in:
  • Improving technology, including: Updated website, Online Event and Membership Management System, & Zoom for meetings and trainings
  • Professional development for leadership in attending national trainings including ACA
  • Scholarships for travel and professional development for divisions/members
  • Advocacy/representation at the NM Counseling and Therapy Practice Board Meetings
  • Providing additional Continuing Education throughout the year, in addition to the annual conference
  • Longevity of leadership and vision to meet the needs of counselors and clients in NM
  • Providing refreshments for networking events
Moving forward NMCA has goals to increase and improve:
  • Outreach and increasing communication to membership through digital and social media platforms
  • Advocacy with the NM Counseling and Therapy Practice Board
  • Opportunities for professional networking and continuing education
  • Division conferences and professional development opportunities through Zoom

Four Types Of Individual Voting Membership:

  • Professional members: Professional members hold a master’s degree or higher in counseling or a closely related field from an institution that was accredited when the degree was awarded by one of the regional accrediting bodies recognized by the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation. Professional members must present proof of academic credentials upon request.
  • Regular members: are individuals whose interests and activities are consistent with those of the association, but are not qualified for professional membership.
  • Retired members: are eligible for continued membership at a reduced fee if they have retired from the profession of counseling.
  • Students: are eligible for membership if they are enrolled in a minimum of six graduate credit hours or nine undergraduate credit hours per semester leading toward a degree in counseling or a counseling related field. Verification by the student and the student’s professor is required.

Membership Fees

Professional/Regular membership includes one division for $60. If more than one division is desired, add $15 for each additional division. Retired/Student membership includes one division for $30. If more than one division is desired, add $15 for each additional division. Memberships can be renewed annually. Members will receive renewal notices before the anniversary date of their joining the association. Record of your membership will be emailed upon completion of registration.

Regular/Professional Membership Fees

1 Division 2 Divisions 3 Divisions 4 Divisions 5 Divisions
$60 $75 $90 $105 $120

Student/Retired Membership Fees

1 Division 2 Divisions 3 Divisions 4 Divisions 5 Divisions
$30 $45 $60 $75 $90